Christmas, Sandy Hook, and a Small Plea to Add Light to the World

In just a few days, we’ll be celebrating Christmas, the feast commemorating the birth of the man who taught all who would listen, “Above all things have intense and unfailing love for one another.”

Less than a week ago, 26 people were brutally gunned down by a man so narcissistic and depraved he felt his internal pain justified inflicting terror and death upon the innocent.

Add a Little Light This ChristmasThe juxtaposition of perfect goodness and unspeakable evil is jarring.

It leaves us all with a host of questions. We watch the news, think of the families who lost precious little lives, and want to do something, anything, to help alleviate that pain. Yet there is little, really, that any of us can do directly.

But here’s a thought: in this time of darkness in what should be a season of light: do something—one little extra thing—to illuminate the season.

Give an extra donation to the Salvation Army. Donate a few more items to Toys for Tots. Buy a poinsettia plant and deliver it, personally, to an elderly neighbor who may not get a lot of company. Remember a solider serving overseas. Call your local food shelf and offer to help load or unload donated food items.

It may not seem like much, or even a completely original thought, but if enough people do it, it adds up to something. It’s a little more light in the darkness.

Evil is, sadly, eternal. It can never be completely defeated or eliminated. But as long as there is goodness in our hearts, minds and actions, it will never prevail.

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